Don’t Judge a Record by its Sleeve

A love of vinyl: audio and visual.

Written by Craig Berry
Former Junior Designer at VBAT

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A selection of my record collection
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Lele — Clueleless | Bjarki — This 5321 | Calibre — Grow/Lost/Strange are the Days | Todd Terje — It’s The Arps | Shanti Celeste & Hodge — Soba Dance | Peggy Gou — Once
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Juan Atkins — Dimensions | Bicep — Aura | Bufiman — Peace Moves | Fontsmith x Dixon Baxi — Sounds of London | Off the Meds — Belter | Reckonwrong — Whities 018
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Bjarki — Oli Gumm | Luke Vibert — Arcadia | Aphex Twin — Selected Ambient Works 85–92 | Omar Souleyman — Heli Yuweli | Orbital — Buried Deeper Within/Impact | Various — Voyage Direct: First Mission Sampler 3
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Joy Orbison — Toss Portal | Randomer — HS002 | Nord Halle — Jefre | Space Dimension Controller — Gaining Time | Palms Trax — High Point on Low Ground | Nathan Micay — Whities 017

It is somewhat of a graphic designer cliché that we buy and collect records at times choosing them for the artwork only and I do feel that I have fallen into that several times…

However I’d like to think that I have quite an eclectic and broad music taste and generally enjoy a lot of music genres and often at times with a great sounding record, the fact that the record sleeve is a great design or beautiful image is just a bonus. I also started to notice how many white label records I own, records with no artwork–simply the record name, artist and label on them; proof, if needed, that it’s not always about how they look but how they sound.

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Madvillain — Madvillainy | Aphex Twin — Come to Daddy | Mayaku — Bushwalking | Mr Oizo — Rhythme Plat | Suzanne Kraft — Talk from Home | Various — Berghain 07 Part 2

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written by Craig Berry, Creative at VBAT
edited by Connie Fluhme, PR at VBAT

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